I’m back. I’ve had a short absence as over the weekend I found the space-bar on my Mac Book Pro wouldn’t cooperate and so I couldn’t space out my words. Frustrating! On Monday I took my nine-month old lap top to the Apple repair shop and they confirmed the space-bar had died and as it’s connected to the keyboard, I needed a completely new keyboard. Unbelievable seeing my laptop is relatively new but the upside is that the repair was under warranty.
While devoid of my device, I haven’t been idle. There has been a lot going on in the Hotly Spiced Kitchen and there have been the usual ups and downs of being a mother. Last night Archie had excruciating pain from his chin to the top of his head. I managed to get him an emergency appointment with a local dentist for first thing this morning and the news is not good but pretty much what we expected. He has an infected wisdom tooth and his other three don’t look too good so all four will have to come out sooner rather than later. They did suggest scheduling the surgery for January 21 but Archie said, ‘Would I need to be sober?’ That cut the conversation short as ‘the team’ all looked at him rather confused but he explained it is his 21st birthday the day before and that he has a big night planned. Surgery has been rescheduled for a later date.
Miss Arabella has broken up with her boyfriend. The one with the tattoos. The one where every time I looked at him I kept thinking I should go into the laser tattoo removal business as I suspect it’s going to be a serious growth industry when these Gen Y’s turn 30. Despite the grief, Arabella is coping well – she’s shopping online.
Alfie has had a setback at the school where because he was disruptive one day in class (over-excited about performing in the school’s musical that night), some woman in charge of ‘consequences’ (it’s not politically correct to call them what they are – ‘punishments’ but don’t get me started), has been banned from attending the end of year six-hour excursion to the beach. Instead he has to sit in the deputy principal’s office and verbalise his crimes. It’s a world gone mad as Alfie committed his crimes over a week ago and the ‘consequence’ isn’t for another week and it’s on the second-last day of the school year. As I explained to the disciplinary officer who phoned me (music teacher), children need to be punished immediately, not three weeks after the event. I told her that if she wanted to punish (give consequences) to Alfie, she could take him up to the oval and make him run around the oval 10 times. ‘That would rid him of his excess energy, assist the childhood obesity crisis, raise his self-esteem by letting him think he’s a champion for running so far (and therefore turning a ‘consequence’ into a positive) and send him back into the classroom in a calm and relaxed state’, is what I said. The reply was, ‘Can you imagine if it got into the papers that we were treating children like that’.
Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a world where common sense wasn’t so poorly regarded.
But it hasn’t all been home-front battles. I’ve been launching into the festive season with gusto. Last weekend we attended a Christmas party at my cousin Pip’s house. Pip has popped up on this blog a number of times because she is an excellent cook and excels at entertaining. She moved here from New Zealand around four years ago and every year she opens her doors and hosts a Christmas party. I thought it might be fascinating for those in the Northern Hemisphere to see how we do Christmas during the heat of summer.
And yes, it was a very hot day. We were outside but searching for a bit of shade as you could feel yourself being burnt to a crisp. The home was beautifully decorated with a gorgeous tree and there was a craft table for the girls to make bon bons and Christmas cards but most of the action took place outdoors – this must be a very foreign concept for those trampling through snow and ice.
The swimming pool was a major feature of the day and the children and it provided countless hours of entertainment.
The major feature leading from the kitchen was a stunning baked ham glazed with mustard that was served sliced in bread rolls.
The bar-be-cue was in full swing and there were skewers with eye fillet steak marinated in fish sauce, chilli, ginger and garlic with pineapple.
There were vegetarian skewers with zucchini, tomatoes, capsicum and haloumi cheese.
We left feeling very full and very sun-kissed. It was a great Christmas party – so casual and relaxed and lovely to see all the children so excited about the time of year and enjoying the season for what it is – a celebration – regardless of whether you’re surrounded by snow or sunshine.
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